Why do kids think they can get away with little white lies? Do they think they won’t get caught or that no one will figure out their secrets? Maybe they just think they are smarter than their parents! We probably did the same thing as children back in our childhood days!
Children often think that they can hide their little secrets. Maybe it’s the beautiful drawing they did on the wall or the picture they sketched into their wooden bed with a pin. Eventually, the secret comes out. Then children are faced with a decision. Should they face the consequences or try to tell a little white lie? Often children go with the little white lie. They think a simple white lie will get them off the hot seat and possibly out of trouble.
The problem with little white lies is that they tend to multiply. One lie leads to another and another. Soon, the child is sitting in a pile of lies and are in even more trouble than they started in. This seems so silly, right? Why do children do this? Yet, have you ever found yourself in a similar situation as adult? Just one little lie won’t hurt anyone. Work situations might create sticky spots. A lie between a husband and a wife can slide out easily. Even a lie to your children can cause trouble. When we truly examine ourselves, we are as naive as children to think we can tell just one little white lie.
How easy it is to let a lie slip out. The desire to cover up one sin with another is so strong. However, we are not alone. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Then in verse 31, “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” We struggle every day with sin and God tells us that he is on our side to help us with it. Our prayers are always heard.
Knowing that we have God helping us fight our everyday battles with sin, we can help our children fight them as well. While telling a white lie at the time might help for a little while, it does not cover up our sin. God always knows our sins, whether we hide them or not. We can look all the way back to the beginning of time. Adam and Eve tried to hide their sin as well. However, God always knows. Thankfully he is a forgiving God as well as an omnipotent God! “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) What a wonderful promise to hold onto!
Dear God, Help us to remember to look to you for forgiveness instead of ourselves for cover. We need your constant forgiveness and mercy. Thank you for your faithfulness and love. Amen